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Dec 9, 2013 7:00am EST
. >> here's a great question with a constitutional test. with the current environment of their partisan politics, what past presidents would be most successful and with adjectives do they need a cerebral doesn't seem to work. [laughter] >> well, i think it would have been a hell of a lot more difficult for people like fdr, theodore roosevelt in this current media environment, because it's 24/7 new cycle. it's so much more difficult to escape the clutches, so to speak, of the press. you know, johnson used to sit in a hideaway office kneecap to kneecap with edward dirksen, the minority leader, and dirksen would say to them, mr. president, i know a fine young man in my home state of illinois who i believe deserves a judgeship and johnson would say, we will look into that. the deal was cut. johnson is going to get dirksen to vote on something and dirksen was going to get the judgeship for his constituency. if this were the case now, they would screen ugly bargain, political corruption. but that's how politics works. that's how it worked in the past, you see. and so it's so much more difficu
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